Chris Long Is Climbing Africa’s Tallest Mountain To Raise Money For A School To Get Clean Water

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Considering the fact that the Eagles’ Chris Long just won a Super Bowl and just donated all 16 of his game checks to charity, one would think that he would take a little time to relax now that the season is over. One would be wrong.

Instead of kicking back with a bottle of rare whisky and his new tattoo, and reveling in his back-to-back Super Bowl wins, Long is in Africa hosting his third annual “Conquering Kili” program to raise money for the the Waterboys initiative.

Along with former Seattle Seahawks long-snapper and active-duty Green Beret Nate Boyer, Long created the Conquering Kili program to give combat veterans a new mission that serves people in need: climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise the funds needed to build wells for communities in East Africa, according to the Chris Long Foundation website.

This year Long is being joined in Africa by MMA fighter Justin “The Big Pygmy” Wren and some of his past teammates like Connor Barwin and Steven Jackson, as well as former NFL players Vince Young and Tom Santi in the effort to raise $10,000 to help a primary school in Tanzania obtain clean water.

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LET’S GO!!! The momentum is building, we will begin ascending the worlds tallest free standing mountain ⛰ & 🌋 in 8 hours! I hope I can hit my goal by the time we get back in 7 days! That’s less than $10,000 to help the primary school we visited today to get clean water! Stoked to be on this adventure and mission with Chris Long! What impressed me most about @laflamablanca95 isn’t that he is a two time Super Bowl Champ with the Pats and the @philadelphiaeagles, but that he is about to summit #Kilimanjaro for the third time in his life. It’s the reason WHY he is doing it and the person that he IS that is so impressive. If you could help us hit this goal, we’d be so grateful and stoked to have you help us tackle thirst and knockout the water crisis! Check the link in my bio to join my team! If you decide to empower us by donating could you please select “no team,” then donate, then email Annemarie Schindler at that it’s for my campaign… so I can make sure it gets accredited to my goal until we fix the website hopefully later today. Thanks for considering making a gift to this amazing cause and these awesome kiddos!

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They began their climb up the mountain on Tuesday and have been chronicling their visit to Tanzania on social media. The entire hike will take them seven days.

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